PANY s Foye Embraces New Audit - The Bond Buyer Article: "Foye, previously secretary of economic development under Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said the $1 billion investment to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge, which connects New York City’s Staten Island and Bayonne, N.J., will allow larger ships to enter the port. The Port of New York and New Jersey now handles 9,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) ships, with cargo volume up 4% in 2011. The port expects to have a 50-foot channel by 2014."
N.Y.-N.J. Port Authority s Disarray Prompts Calls for Major Overhaul - The Bond Buyer Article: "Critics say managing the World Trade Center is out of the wheelhouse for an agency founded on transportation infrastructure. Other current Port Authority projects include the raising of the Bayonne Bridge, the construction of a new Goethals Bridge and replacing the original cables on the George Washington Bridge. All three crossings connect parts of New York City with New Jersey."
Learn to love it, because that's all the residential toll relief you're going to get.
So said P.A. executive director Patrick Foye last week amid continued questions from the Advance about possible additional toll relief for the majority of Island drivers who take the Goethals or Bayonne bridges or Outerbridge Crossing once a week but no more."
Eying the next generation of MTA megaprojects :: Second Ave. Sagas: "I’m particularly excited for the Staten Island North Shore Rail the most. Here’s hoping that if it’s light rail, it will one day head over the Bayonne Bridge, and if its heavy rail, it will one day cross the Narrows. Staten Island deserves better transit. If there’s a tunnel to Secaucus, over a Staten Island Tunnel, I’ll be quite upset."
The State Might Turn the Tappan Zee Bridge Into a Pedestrian Walkway -- Daily Intel: "What once was a pipe dream is now looking like an actual possibility: When the state builds a new bridge to replace the Tappan Zee, they might turn the current bridge into a walkway a little something like the High Line, only over water. It's expensive to demolish the thing — $150 million — so updating the bridge's function is looking more and more attractive to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Or, at least, it merits "further study," which is bureacrat-ese for attractive."
Port Authority Remains Concerned About Natural Gas Pipeline into NYC - Natural Gas Watch.org: "The PANYNJ received a proposed easements package from the Applicants dated 1/16/12 for the required permanent pipeline easements. In that package PANYNJ noted that the HDD alignment under the Bayonne Bridge has changed from the alignment provided in the DEIS and approved by PANYNJ on 10/7/11. That change came as a surprise to PANYNJ. It voided the 10/7 approval PANYNJ granted to Spectra for their DEIS HDD alignment under the Bayonne Bridge. Spectra may have changed other alignments. We respectfully request that when an alignment is being changed on any of our properties that PANYNJ be informed so we can review it and confirm if it will impact any of our existing or future facilities and/or infrastructure. Without good communication, the review/approval process will be impeded."
The Port Authority is currently undertaking programs to replace the Goethals Bridge and raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge. This presentation will give an overview of the programs including the scopes and some of the highlights of the conceptual design and describe the engineering challenges both present and future.
Port of NY-NJ Hit Record Container Traffic in 2011 | Journal of Commerce: "The Port Authority continues engineering and design work on the plan to raise the roadbed of the Bayonne Bridge by 61 feet to accommodate new, larger post-Panamax vessels traveling to and from port terminals on the western side of the harbor. The bridge’s low air draft cannot accommodate the largest of these ships, which are expected to serve the port when the Panama Canal widening is complete."
Natural wonders are all around us | Daily Record | dailyrecord.com: "The walkway is an ongoing project that will ultimately stretch over 18 miles from the George Washington Bridge to the Bayonne Bridge, connecting Palisades Interstate Park (another spectacular park), Liberty State Park, Liberty Science Center and a host of other landmarks and historic sites."
New Setback for Moynihan Station Plans - WSJ.com: "Still to come this spring is the second half of that audit, which will review funding for a number of high-profile infrastructure projects—including replacing the Goethals Bridge, raising the level of the Bayonne Bridge and cable repairs on the George Washington Bridge—and the status of Moynihan Station."
Feb. 12 — 18 - NYTimes.com: "You probably don’t think much about those cargo containers that you see stacked up on ships, piers and freight trains. But the people who manage the harbors of New York and New Jersey have been thinking about them a lot in recent years, because the growth in cargo-container shipping has created an expensive problem for them: containers are sometimes stacked so high that big ships can’t pass under the Bayonne Bridge, which connects New Jersey and Staten Island. A plan to raise the bridge by 64 feet is on the boards, with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey pledging $1 billion for the project. And that is just one small consequence of container shipping worldwide. “THE FORGOTTEN SPACE,” a film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch that opens on Wednesday at Anthology Film Archives, seeks to explore the changes that this type of shipping has wrought."
Confirmed: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Is Dysfunctional -- Daily Intel: ""Navigant Consulting, Inc.’s preliminary review revealed a challenged and dysfunctional organization suffering from a lack of consistent leadership, a siloed underlying bureaucracy, poorly coordinated capital planning process, insufficient cost controls and a lack of transparent and effective oversight of the World Trade Center program that has obscured full awareness of billions of dollars in exposure to the Port Authority." — Auditors on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, stopping just short of calling the organization a cesspool of incompetent, detestable humans, in a memo that called for a “top-to-bottom overhaul.""
Bayonne Retro: The Bayonne Bridge (History): "In the early years of the twentieth century, pressure grew inevitably for a bridge linking Staten Island with the Bayonne Peninsula. Planners expected that the bridge would follow the route of the ferry, since the construction of the bridge and its approaches would involve the least amount of destruction to taxable property, and would be most convenient to major street connections on both sides of the Kill van Kull."